State suspends 200-plus EMTs in certification scandal

Full story: Lowell Sun

More than 200 emergency medical technicians have been suspended by the state following an investigation that uncovered an elaborate scheme to falsify certification and training records.

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tyngsboro

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Jun 18, 2010
 
Still isn't over. Lawsuits from families will follow.
sue

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Jun 18, 2010
 
does anyone else think this dick guy sounds like an idiot everytime he opens his mouth....
JUSTIFIED

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#3
Jun 18, 2010
 
It's only just begun for Trinity!! the REAL investigation has begun.... Stay tuned
Training System is Broken

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Jun 18, 2010
 
"Our investigation found no indication that the ambulance services or the local municipalities were aware of or involved in the falsification," said Commissioner Auerbach.

Your kidding right???
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Jun 18, 2010
 
This illegal scam is a reason why for profit ambulance providers are problematic for municipal EMS coverage. The ambulance companies who did not recognize this problem, like Trinity, must be held accountable for allowing their EMS staff to provide care without mandated certification. Just like BP, Trinity must be held responsible for their employees and apologize to those that they are handsomely paid to serve. Thank God for the Billerica EMS system, run by the police department with the best of the best paramedics employed there.
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Jun 18, 2010
 
JUSTIFIED wrote:
It's only just begun for Trinity!! the REAL investigation has begun.... Stay tuned
Stay tuned for the knob from somerville to come out with more wrong facts and accusations, with exciting new screen names each time!!!
SOMERVILLE

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#7
Jun 18, 2010
 
Perhaps this person will reveal their true identity? The safe bet is on a former employee that didn't meet the standard.
Frank

Boston, MA

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#8
Jun 18, 2010
 
Suspended and not fired. Must be illegals running the joint.
sue

Boston, MA

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Jun 18, 2010
 
so should somerville assume the person for portlands name is somerville?

standards, what standards.
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Cambridge, MA

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#10
Jun 18, 2010
 
Im so confused why people are blaming the ambulance companies here. They obviously require proof of EMT certification before hiring or allowing people to work.

The EMTs were providing the companies with authentic, STATE-ISSUED certification cards. Why would any company suspect that there was anything wrong?

This is one of those things that could only be discovered by a whistleblower...and thank god there was one!
sue

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Jun 18, 2010
 
ayer - heres why- CAUSE THE TRAINING DIRECTOR AT TRINITY ALLOWED PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE VP, TO SIGN ROSTERS FOR CLASSES NEVER ATTENDED. THATS WHY MOST OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS WORK FOR TRINITY, IT WAS A CORPORATE MENTALITY. EVERYONE THERE KNEW IT WAS GOING ON. THEY SELF REPORTED WHEN THEY KNEW THE TRUTH WAS COMING OUT. ADDITIONALLY THE GUY AT THE CENTER OF THIS WAS EMPLOYED BY THEM..
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#12
Jun 18, 2010
 
The employees pay, the company walks. Typical. Anyone who thinks Trinity management is blameless is just naive or one of the few idiots who work there who legit believe Trinity is the best provider out there. Most of your own coworkers know the deal. They just work there because it's a job.
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Jun 18, 2010
 
Yeah, their whistle blower was Bitner !! Good Job MABS hope you can fullfill your contract obligations in Haverhill now that all your MEDIC staff is suspended!!
Training System is Broken

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Jun 18, 2010
 
sue wrote:
ayer - heres why- CAUSE THE TRAINING DIRECTOR AT TRINITY ALLOWED PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE VP, TO SIGN ROSTERS FOR CLASSES NEVER ATTENDED. THATS WHY MOST OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS WORK FOR TRINITY, IT WAS A CORPORATE MENTALITY. EVERYONE THERE KNEW IT WAS GOING ON. THEY SELF REPORTED WHEN THEY KNEW THE TRUTH WAS COMING OUT. ADDITIONALLY THE GUY AT THE CENTER OF THIS WAS EMPLOYED BY THEM..
I absolutely agree with you Sue, but you can already see that OEMS is stating that no municipality or Ambulance service was aware this was going on. When the report gets published with names of those involved do you expect to see any names of management (MABS) or the (VP's) to be on that list? If there is only 220 plus people it is because they ended the investigation. The number would just keep increasing
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Jun 18, 2010
 
sue wrote:
ayer - heres why- CAUSE THE TRAINING DIRECTOR AT TRINITY ALLOWED PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE VP, TO SIGN ROSTERS FOR CLASSES NEVER ATTENDED. THATS WHY MOST OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS WORK FOR TRINITY, IT WAS A CORPORATE MENTALITY. EVERYONE THERE KNEW IT WAS GOING ON. THEY SELF REPORTED WHEN THEY KNEW THE TRUTH WAS COMING OUT. ADDITIONALLY THE GUY AT THE CENTER OF THIS WAS EMPLOYED BY THEM..
most? 35 out of 207 is not most, try 17%
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Jun 18, 2010
 
MABS is more concerned about whats for lunch than the contract obligations...
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Jun 18, 2010
 
those whacky asians!!
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Jun 18, 2010
 
" I Love Mash Taters "
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Jun 18, 2010
 
I am sure the Tynsgboro Selectmen did the right thing hiring Trinity....
if you are a Tyngsboro resident, get worried if you need an ambulance....
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#20
Jun 18, 2010
 
I also heard it was a Trinity ambulance, not an iceburg, that struck and sunk the titanic. They were investigated for the Challenger space shuttle disaster, also. Please.

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